14. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy · Tags: ,

The Daylighters by Rachel Caine, read by Tammy, on 03/11/2014

morganvilleThis Morganville adventure picks up right where the previous book left off. Claire, Shane and Eve have returned to Morganville only to find it greatly changed and a the anti-vampire group, The Daylighters, in charge. They aren’t sure what has happened to their vampire friends, Michael, Mrynin and Oliver. Eve’s only concern is getting Michael back safely. Shane is dealing with the affects of a mysterious dog bite. Even the Glass House and Matilda don’t feel safe. Claire however has to decide if she’s on the side of good or evil in this fight. People can now come out of their homes without fear and can be out on the streets after dark. Isn’t that a good thing? But what is happening to the vampires who have all been captured and hauled away to a guarded building at the edge of town. The leader of the Daylighters claims he is trying to find a cure but Claire doesn’t believe him. Her previous experience with the group back East makes her question everything about them.

I believe this may be the final chapter in the Morganville series. Many questions are cleared up at the end including relationships. The author’s wording of her opening also leads me to think this may be the last book. If so, it is a satisfying ending.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel · Tags: ,

New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett, read by Brian, on 02/09/2014

It is post-Victorian England, most of the upper class has voluntarily become vampires to fight off the poor who are zombies.  Chief Inspector George Suttle, investigates murders, of course almost everyone is already dead, so go figure.

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22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy · Tags:

Fall of Night by Rachel Caine, read by Tammy, on 08/08/2013

fall of night  Claire finally is granted her wish to attend the graduate program at MIT and leave Morganville, TX. But of course, strings are attached. Amelie has arranged for her to be enrolled in an advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native and she will have to continue some of the research she started with Myrnin and report back to him and Amelie.

She is able to live off-campus with a high school friend who has troubles of her own and Claire soon discovers that life is full of dangers anywhere you live and little does she know that Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire issues.
Professor Anderson finds out about Claire’s vampire “control device” and immediately has Claire bring it in to her secret lab but when Dr. Anderson starts testing Claire’s machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make.

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines, read by Tammy, on 08/18/2013

libromancer  I loved this book. It was so much fun. The author weaves classics, fantasy titles, science fiction, mythology and crime dramas into the story as well as some novels he created just for this work.

Isaac Vainio is a librarian in a small town library. He is happy with his daily duties helping his patrons and cataloging though the library director doesn’t know what to think of his pet spider be carries with him everywhere, Scorch. He is also a libriomancer, a member of a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw out objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that have leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape with his life. Then he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users and Johannes Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of beautiful dryad, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. His search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. He will have to make some difficult choices to save lives and possibly all of humanity.

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

Neferet's Curse by P.C. Cast, read by Tammy, on 08/11/2013

neferet  This is the story of who Neferet, high priestess of the Oklahoma House of Night, was before becoming a high priestess.

Set in Chicago in 1893 as the city prepares for the World’s Fair, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be enjoying her last few days as a carefree youth of a prosperous family. But her whole life changes when her mother dies leaving her the adult responsibility of being Lady of Wheiler House as her father, a powerful bank president, needs her to entertain and conduct the house as her mother would to help him keep his social standing and influence among the city’s wealthy and powerful and the designers and leaders of The White City: The Chicago World’s Fair.

As Emily tried to adjust to her new role and it’s many responsibilities that she is unprepared for she realizes that her father has a dark violent side she’s never seen before and she reaches out to a handsome young man and his family at one of her father’s parties. But then she is marked by a vampyre and once again her whole world changes.

20. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Poetry, Reviewer, Short Stories · Tags: ,

Welcome to Bordertown : new stories and poems of the Borderlands by ed Holly Black and Ellen Kushner ; introduction by Terri Windling. Neil Gaiman, read by Kira, on 08/18/2013

wel bordtbordt lives  The premise of the series of bordtown wallinterlinked short stories is that the in-between town aka Bordertown where elves essential_border_cover_artand hret bordumans can co-exist has been closed to travel between the realms for the last 13 bordtown livesyears, and has now opened up again [its also been 13 years since the previous Bordertown collection of short stories].  What was 13 days in bord townBordertown itself, was 13 years in the World (of humans).  The short stories are really a mixed bag.  A couple focused on the theme of immigrants in the US.  Many focused on the problem of Elf borderland_cover_secondSuperiority – or the racism of the elves.

I didn’t care for  Ours bordtonnis the Prettiest by Nalo Hopkinson (didn’t really fit in this world), nor We do NOT come in Peace by Christopher Barzak (protagonist is soo depressed).  But most disappointing was the Neil Gaiman piece was just a short poem, and imho not a very good one, I couldn’t wait til black-coat-elfit ended.bordertown__when_you_give_an_elf__

05. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Paranormal, Reviewer · Tags: , ,

Written in Red. by Anne Bishop, read by Kira, on 08/03/2013

writ redI was tempted to stay home and use a personal day to finish reading this book (but I did NOT), I did end up staying awake late into the night/morning though.

All Things Urban Fantasy said “Written in Red isn’t just the best urban fantasy of the year, it may be one of the best ever.”

It is a captivating tale of a young woman escaping enslavement and finding a new community composed of Others (werewolves, werebears, vampires, medusa, werecrows) aka terra indigenous who live bordering humans, and tolerating them.  The humans come with an attitude of superiority akin to the Europeans confronting the Native Americans, however, in this world the Humans do Not hold the upper hand, just the arrogance.

cs759, names herself, Meg Corbyn – she is a blood prophet or Cassandra Sangue – and is kept locked up to be cut for her prophecies which pay her Controllers big bucks, thus when she escapes they will want her back. written-in-red Great characters, world-building, and fast paced.

 

 

31. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Steam-punk, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags: ,

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate # 1) by Gail Carriger, read by Tammy, on 07/04/2013

Alexia is different from the rest of her family. She’s a spinsterPrint whose father is both Italian and dead. Her mother has remarried and her step-sisters and step-father all tolerate her but think she’s odd. But they have no idea that she has no soul and can render supernatural beings powerless with a touch.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently. At one of the biggest social events of the year, she is attacked by a vampire which breaks all standards of social etiquette but Alexia accidentally kills the vampire defending herself. Then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, Scottish, and leader of a werewolf clan) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?

 

04. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror · Tags:

Fall of Night by Rachel Caine, read by Brian, on 06/04/2013

Fall of Night is the fourteenth book in the Morganville Vampire series.  This is the first book that takes place out of Morganville.  Why? Morganville is ruled by vampires and no one leaves Morganville without permission from the vamps.  Claire the main character of the story is has permission to leave and attend college at MIT.  Claire will be working with a professor and former resident of Morganville to a machine that can slow down a vampires attack.  Most of the main characters are back for a thrill ride that doesn’t stop until the last page.

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04. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel · Tags: , , ,

Scary Godmother by Jill Thompson, read by Angie, on 06/03/2013

Scary Godmother is a wonderful graphic novel all about Halloween. In the first story Hannah meets her Scary Godmother on her very first Halloween outing. She learns that monsters aren’t that scary and can be your friends and she develops a deep appreciation and love for Halloween and everything that goes along with it. I adored the illustrations of this book. I thought they definitely enhanced the text and were really the story of the book. Scary Godmother is a fantastic character. I loved the chapter where she got the boo flu and Hannah had to get everything ready for Halloween. Each chapter is its own story but they all go together very well. My only quibble, and it is a minor one, is that the chapters represent five Halloweens but Hannah doesn’t really appear to age at all. Other than that I think the stories are delightful.

02. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Elizabeth, Fantasy, Fiction, Reviewer · Tags: ,

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, read by Elizabeth, on 05/21/2013

Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. Mercy, the series protagonist tough chick who shape shifts into a coyote, is entertaining, relatable and is still, at times, surprising. Too often, urban fantasy heroines are too obvious. Mercy has some of those too-tough attributes common to the genre – she’s an auto mechanic, she runs with werewolves and vampires, she gets a little beat up. But Mercy will also throw readers a curve ball now and then – her motivations and vulnerabilities are realistically human. Mercy, unlike some stereotypical urban fantasy heroines,  does not have to be a superwoman all of the time.
Frost Burned, the seventh in the Mercy Thompson series, is as entertaining and enjoyable as the rest of the series. I read the book in a day. I was absorbed in it, I loved it – but when I put it down, it ended for me. Mercy did not surprise me this time. The story was fun and exciting, but I can’t say it did much more. Perhaps Ms. Briggs has spoiled me, but I hope the next one gives me a little more to think about.

02. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Elizabeth, Fantasy, Fiction, Reviewer · Tags:

Blood Trade by Faith Hunter, read by Elizabeth, on 05/28/2013

I have nothing but praise for Blood Trade, the sixth in Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. As always, Ms. Hunter gives readers action, adventure, mystery and – perhaps most importantly – heart. We rejoin Jane after the treacherous master vampire Leo (perhaps unknowingly) bound Beast. She is depressed, unable to shift into Beast for fear of being inextricably tied to Leo and unbearable to her new roomates. A new job out of town gives Jane and Beast the escape they need, at least temporarily.
What follows is a fantastic, exciting and surprisingly touching read. I could not ask for more. I anxiously await the next installment of Jane’s story.

25. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy · Tags:

Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles # 4) by Kevin Hearne, read by Tammy, on 05/05/2013

Book 4 of the Iron Druid series with lots of Oberon! Atticus and Granuile fake their deaths so he can escape from the angry Norse gods and have 12 undisturbed years to train Granuile to be a druid. But first he has to payback Coyote, the Navajo trickster god, for his help in faking Atticus’ death and Coyote always has a way to trick you into doing more than you realized you were signing up for. And Leif shows up to complicate matters even more.tricked

06. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Horror, Tammy, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine, read by Tammy, on 05/06/2013

bitter blood Book 13 in the Morganville series and Rachel Caine is back on her game. After a couple of books in the series seeming to drag, this one flew by and had several surprises and concentrates on Claire and her relationships and her feelings of growing up.

01. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Paranormal, Teen Books · Tags:

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, read by Leslie, on 04/21/2013

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)

As former Alchemist Marcus Finch pushes Alchemist Sydney Sage to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

I love companion series, they make the original series so much fuller and you get to see more of that world!  Sydney begins to realize that she no longer embraces the Alchemist rules like she used to, the more she is with the Moroi and dhamphirs she is assigned to.  Finding out you have been lied to can also be unappealing to someone with the brains to figure it all out.  A good continuation of the Alchemist side of the story.

09. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Paranormal, Teen Books · Tags:

Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires #13) by Rachel Caine, read by Angie, on 04/08/2013

They have defeated Bishop, they have defeated the humans, and they have defeated the draug, so what is left? Vampires of course. In this installment of the Morganville series the big bad is a vampire. Naomi is back and she is wrecking havoc on Morganville. She is using her special powers of persuasion to force people and vampires to do as she wishes. And of course, no one knows she is behind it. This causes all kinds of havoc as humans are required to carry identification cards and vampires are free to hunt. Amelie is under Oliver’s influence and doesn’t seem to have the interests of the town in mind. Michael and Eve’s marriage is causing all kinds of problems from both the humans and the vampires. It is a sad day in Morganville when Myrnin is the most logical member of the town.

I like the Morganville series; it is one of the few series that I have read so many books in. However, I do feel like the series has run its course. There is only so many more disasters that can happen to one small Texas town. This book is told in multiple viewpoints, which only worked part of the time. I thought having Oliver’s viewpoint spoiled the surprise of who the big bad was and I thought the rest were just a bit superfluous. These books are really about Claire and I think hers is the strongest viewpoint. We’ll have to see what happens in future books after the events of Bitter Blood. Could be interesting.

03. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Leslie, Paranormal · Tags: ,

A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison, read by Leslie, on 03/18/2013

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)

When she discovers that a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons and needs her blood, former witch-turned-day-walking-demon Rachel Morgan, a bounty hunter, faces her toughest adversary yet –humanity.

Kim Harrison spins a perfect story of a world, post-tomatoes!  I love her Hollows series and I am not looking forward to the day when she finishes tying all the threads together.  Rachel goes from being a rather inept witch to finding out she is really a demon and along the way, makes a family of the most unfamily like assortment, from witches, vampires (both dead and alive), elves, fairies, pixies, demons and any other mythical creature you can think of.  I love the way she has Jenks use Tinkerbell (of Disney fame) to color his cursing.  Rachel comes one step closer to being comfortable in her demon skin in this book.

31. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance · Tags: , ,

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard, read by Angie, on 03/31/2013

On her 17th birthday Victoria receives a music box and an amulet that belonged to her grandmother. In the music box is a journal of her ancestor Brigid. Brigid was a witch and her blood contained powerful magic, magic which has been passed down to Tori. With the magic comes a familiar, Leto the cat, who helps teach her magic. Tori is drawn to a mysterious boy she sees on her high school campus. Christian is cultured and beautiful and surrounded by mystery. Turns out he is a vampire. Tori and Christian soon find themselves falling into forbidden love. But there love cannot be. There is an ancient prophecy about La Sang Noir, which seems to be about Tori and her magic blood. Christian’s twin brother Lucian discovers Tori’s existence and wants her magic and her blood.

This is so obviously a Twilight ripoff. Innocent girl with a vampire lusting after her. Her blood smells so sweet it is hard to resist. At least Tori has powers and isn’t the limp dishrag Bella was. But there is still the love you/can’t have/must have you/can’t live without back and forth between Tori and Christian that gets old really quickly. There is also a lot shoved into this book. It is like Howard took everything paranormal she could think of and threw it into the book. We have witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, fairies, seerers, a prophecy, a vampire council, and a magic talking cat. Seriously, I don’t think she left anything out except zombies. Not all of these things are fully explored or necessary. I think the story would have been better off with a tighter plot and less extra stuff. Not that it isn’t entertaining. There is a lot of action and adventure. They travel from New York to Paris and back. The magic is fun and exciting, although I think Tori became proficient way faster than possible. At times it seemed like she just always knew how to do the spells. Of course there is a love triangle which turns deadly (how could there not be). Overall, not a bad read but definitely not original or new.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.com.

04. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal · Tags:

Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine, read by Brian, on 02/01/2013

Rachel Caine has released her 13th book in Morganville Vampire series.  I found every book to be entertaining and suspenseful. Morganville is a small dusty Texas town where humans and vampires coexist, sort of, in a bare minimum way.  In this chapter of the series the town is recovering from the draug, a parasitic enemy of the vampires and humans alike.  Now the draug is gone the vampires feel free to rule the town.  Humans feel they need to take up arms and free themselves from vampire rule.  To add to the mayhem, a television crew come to town to film a ghost hunter show.

With many book series, the longer it goes, the worst it gets and you hope the author will put an end to it.  Rachel Caine has written a series in which you finish a book and can hardly wait until the next one.

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29. November 2012 · 1 comment · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

Hidden by P.C. Cast, read by Tammy, on 11/26/2012

At last, Neferet’s evil has been exposed and the High Council is no longer on her side. But it’s not that easy to get rid of Neferet. She tries to involve humans in the vampyre world and the running of the House of Night including reaching out to Aphrodite’s father the mayor. The twins are still barely speaking and now Kalona is supposed to a warrior for the House of Night. Can they trust him? And what does the visions Zoey sees through the Seer Stone mean? Grandma Redbird also plays an important part in this continuing saga of the House of Night.